Oct. 30, 2022 | Issue #40
1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
“Not to feel exasperated, or defeated, or despondent because your days aren’t packed with wise and moral actions. But to get back up when you fail, to celebrate behaving like a human—however imperfectly—and fully embrace the pursuit that you’ve embarked on.”
Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of Rome 2,000 years ago. At the time, he was the most powerful person in the world.
In this quote, he gives himself a pep talk as self-doubt creeps into his mind.
Pause for a moment, and think about that.
Marcus Aurelius, the most powerful person in the world dealt with self-doubt. He had to give himself pep talks to deal with the doubts he faced—wars, plagues, death, and betrayal.
The book Meditations is so fascinating because it was never meant to be public. It was a personal journal of the last great Emperor of Rome, and we get to read it thousands of years later.
This quote is evidence that no one escapes the dreadful voice of self-doubt. We must acknowledge it, and accept that it is part of the human experience.
We will get backstabbed.
We will make the wrong investment.
We will miss a workout.
We will frustrate our partners.
Let's be like Marcus Aurelius, and accept that self-doubt is a fee not a fine. A fee we pay to get on the ride we call life.
Who do you turn to when you doubt yourself?
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The 1-Step Forward Newsletter is a weekly Sunday newsletter.
Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
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"If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live." - John F. Kennedy
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“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” - Malala Yousafzai